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November 27, 2018

Dear Washington-Parks Academy Parents:

We are writing to inform you of an incident that took place at Washington-Parks today. A 7th
grade student brought a pepper spray dispenser to school. This student was showing
classmates the dispenser when it was discharged. The spray was not directed at anyone, and
the discharge was in no way malicious.

However, a number of students became ill as a result of the discharge. Per our school safety
protocols, the students’ parents were notified, and students were transported to an area
emergency room for treatment. As a part of our protocol, a police report was filed with Redford
Township.

We do not allow items such as pepper spray in our school. We consider this to be an incident
of poor judgement, and it will be dealt with accordingly per the school safety protocols and
Student Code of Conduct.

Our Maintenance staff has been instructed on the appropriate methods for clean-up following
such an incident, and will be working diligently to be sure that the building is ready for students
tomorrow morning.

We commend those who were involved in administering Cornerstone’s Emergency Operations


Plan swiftly to ensure the safety of the Cornerstone community. The health, safety, and welfare
of our students and staff are our top priority. Everyone did a tremendous job maintaining order
and keeping calm. A special thank you to our teachers and staff for all their efforts today.

Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in Cornerstone.

Sincerely,
Ernestine Sanders
Executive Director of Education